Jammu Tawi, April 13
Various social, Educational and political organizations on Thursday celebrated Baisakhi festival with great enthusiasm and fervour across Jammu region. As per celebration, a mahan Gurmat Samagam was organised on the occasion of Khalsa Sajna Diwas “Baisakhi” by the District Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (DGPC), Jammu at Gurdwara Sahib Sri Guru Nanak Dev, Chand Nagar. In the Samagam large number of devotees participated.
The stage of Samagam was conducted by the general secretary of District Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Jammu, Avtar Singh Khalsa and vote of thanks was presented by the president of the Committee, Jagjit Singh.
In the Samagam ex-Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah also greeted the Sangat on the occasion of Baisakhi. Dr. Farooq Abdullah also distributed the prizes among the winners of first Virasat-e-Khalsa Gatka Mukabla which was held on April 9, 2017 at Gurdwara Yadghar Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Chand Nagar, Jammu in which Pawan Kotwal, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu was the chief guest. The District Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Jammu distributed the prizes to all the participants and the winners of the Gatka Mukabla. The first prize has been won in tie by Khalsa Gatka Group and Nirpao Khalsa Gatka Akhara.
Second prize has been won by Khalsa International Gatka Academy, third Prize won by Khalsa Gatka Force Akhara, fourth Prize was won by Kalgidhar Adhatmik Gatka Akhara. In this Gatka Mukabla, nine Akharas participated which were Khalsa Force Gatka Akhara, Nirpao Khalsa Gatka Akhara, Baba Fateh Singh Gatka Akhara and others. During the Samagam chiarman State Gurdwara Parbandhak Board, T S Wazir congratulated the winners of Gatka Mukabla and presented the Saropas to Singh Sahib Giani Jagtar Singh Ji, Head Granthi, Sri Darbar Sahib and Bhai Sahib Bhai Ranjeet Singh Ji – Head Granthi, Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, Delhi, Ragi Jatha Bhai Rai Singh Ji – Hazoori Raghi, Sri Darbar Sahib, Sri Amritsar.
On the occasion, a free medical camp was organised by Ravinder Singh Rozy, Dr. Taran Singh and others, a free blood donation camp was organised by Sikh Youth Sewa Trust and a book stall for the Sangat was organised by Self Education Trust. Others who were present on the occasion included Singh Sahib Giani Jagtar SinghJi, head Granthi, Sri Darbar Sahib, Sri Amritsar, Bhai Sahib Bhai Ranjeet SinghJi, head Granthi, Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, Delhi, Ragi Jatha Bhai Rai SinghJi, Hazoori Raghi, Sri Darbar Sahib, Sri Amritsar, Jathedar Mohinder Singh, member DGPC, president Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) J&K, Kuldeep Singh, vice president, DGPC, Advocate Surinder Singh, Harbhajan Singh, camp Gole Gujral, Amrik Singh Roshan and others. Meanwhile, Dogra Higher Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, Jammu on Thursday celebrated the ‘Baisakhi Festival’ with great enthusiasm and religious fervor. Managing Director, Gambhir Dev Singh Charak was also present on the occasion. Devinder Kour, Principal, threw light on the importance of the day and the rituals related to the festival.
The programme started with Shabad Kirtan. A colourful cultural programme was presented by the students of the school. Sweets were distributed among the students present there by the school management. Similarly, Seth Brahman biradari on Thursday Baisakhi Mela at Bawa Kailakh Dev Asthan Raipur Bantalab. The mela was inaugurated by BJP state president Sat Sharma while Health Minister Bali Bhagat, MLC Ashok Khajuria, MLC Pardeep Sharma, MoS Daljit Chib MoS Rash Paul, MLC Ramesh Arora were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Sat Sharma said, ” Bawa Kailakh Dev Asthan is a mark of unity and brotherhood between different communities who pray together under one roof to receive the blessing of Bawa Kailakh Dev ji and to promote the rich cultural heritage of humanity and Hinduism.
The Mela ends with various cultural programs, bhajan kirtan and various debate works by young Sanskrit scholars to educate the peoples about the rich cultural heritage of Sanskrit language. Others who were present during the occasion including B S Salithia, president Bar Association, Munish Sharma, Ram Paul Seth, Sunil Sharma(Raka), Yash Seth, Leela Karan Sharma, Rajan Sharma, Parmod Sharma and others. Like other northern states of the country, district Samba also celebrated Baisakhi festival with religious fervour and gaiety at Hari Mandir. On the occasion, a mela was also organised wherein people from all walks of life took part in it.
Several stalls including eatables, toys and others were installed during the mela.
As per mahant of the Temple, people are not taking that much part in this celebration as they took part before partition between India and Pakistan. He said, “Before partition, number of people of all religions took part in the celebration and greeted each other, but now very less number of people took part in it.” Government should aware the public about the importance of this festival and arrange something for the attraction of the new generation, Mahant said. On the occasion of Baisakhi festival, a programme was organised by Mahant Peer Ravi Nath Ji in which MLA East Rajesh Gupta was the chief guest. During the occasion, MLA Rajesh Gupta & Mahant Ravi Nath performed pooja & Aarti of river tawi in which a bhajan program also conducted by different artists. Speaking on the occasion, MLA East extended Baisakhi greeting to the people of Jammu and pledged for the development of the constituency. Mahant Ravi Nath praised the MLA for the commitment to serve the society. Others who were present during the occasion, Yudhvir Sethi, BJP vice- president, Sanghathan Mantri, Prem Shankar, Naveen Sudan, Kartik Sudan, Mahant Saraswatin and others.
Baisakhi festival was celebrated with religious fervor and gaiety by organizing many functions and fairs across the District today.
The day also mark the birth of “Khalsa Panth” and devotees from the Sikh community celebrated the occasion with great religious enthusiasm.
The main function was organized at Gurdwara Singh Sabha Jasrota. The Gurdwara was highly decorated and special prayers were offered by the thousands of devotees visiting Gurdwara to observe the 318th year of the foundation of Khalsa Panth by 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh.
The day was marked by Bajan Keertans at Gurudwara. Although Baisakhi festival is celebrated in various other northern states for a good harvest of Rabi crop, the Sikh community here attaches religious connotations to the festival.
“It is only because of chauvinism of some religious groups that the festival is associated with harvest. We celebrate Baisakhi for it was on this day in 1699 that Guru Gobind Singh baptized Panj Pyare with Amrit and foundation of Khalsa Panth was laid and wearing of Panj kakars became significant,” said Daljeet Singh Kala, advisor DGPC.